Donald Trump 'to pull United States out of Paris climate change agreement'

"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week", Trump tweeted. He's not made a final decision on Paris.

Speaking to USA servicemen and women at the end of the summit, Trump promised to defeat terrorism and said he had made "extraordinary gains to advance security". "I think that all of the leaders present, starting with President Trump, appreciated the informality with which one in this format. can discuss things calmly and freely".

He says: "There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a sharp open split like this".

His treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the USA reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to USA companies and workers.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the Paris accord that was concluded in 2015 between 194 countries as the full compliance with the agreement would reduce US GDP by $2.5 trillion over the next decade, explaining that it means "factories and plants closing all over the country". "However, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russian Federation should its actions so require", the final statement read.

"The whole discussion about climate has been hard, or rather very unsatisfactory", Merkel told reporters after the summit.

Trump, who once said the concept of global warming "was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing noncompetitive", repeatedly said during his election campaign that he would he would pull out of the Paris, but has sidestepped the issue since taking office. While there was no deal on climate, there was broad agreement on Syria, North Korea and on ways to tackle terrorism in the wake of the attack in Manchester. Trump is a climate denier, while the encyclical affirms that global warming has been confirmed by a "very consistent scientific consensus" and that humans are the cause. In Saudi Arabia, Arab leaders praised Trump's calls for a fiercer fight against terrorism - and welcomed the quickly vanishing human rights conditions on arms deals - but made no firm commitments about increasing their military effort in the fight against ISIS.

Trump was cajoled for three days - first in Brussels at meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, then in Sicily for G-7 - but will leave Italy without making clear where he stands.

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global 2015 accord on curbing carbon emissions.But Gary Cohn, Trump's economic advisor, on Friday said the president had told his G7 colleagues that he regarded the environment as important.

The Group of Seven leading democracies began the concluding day of their annual summit in discussions with leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia.

Diplomats from Canada, British, the U.S., Japan, Germany, France and Italy worked late into the night to reach agreement on a final communiqué, which one Canadian official said was expected to be little more than six pages long, against 32 pages at last year's summit in Japan.

The source adds that G-7 members were still wrestling over a statement on trade and whether it would condemn protectionism, as previous group statements have.

  • Salvatore Jensen